It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here on my blog.
It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write. I’ve sat down at my computer several times, started typing, deleted what I’ve typed, edited what I’ve written, not sure what to say, but more so, how to say it.
At the time I didn’t know how this “story” was going to end. So how could I begin to write if I didn’t have an ending?
Pets Have Positive Physical and Emotional Effects on Our Lives
It’s a well known fact that pets have a great and positive impact on our lives. Pets enhance our days, pets make us happy, pets have positive effects on our physical and emotional health.
But what happens when our pet becomes unwell?
How then does the physical and emotional life of the pet parent become affected?
How Does an Ill Pet Impact The Pet Parent’s Well Being?
I went from being happy, loving the daily routine with my pets and family, enjoying writing about pets, to someone who couldn’t even think, or care, about writing a blog post. I was consumed with worry, dread, sleepless nights, and those nagging thoughts of “what if I did this or didn’t do that”. Each day was an emotional rollercoaster not knowing what lay ahead for my dog’s health, her life.
How could I possibly put down on paper – or in my case, my blog, the full range of my emotions? How do I articulate the emotions of dealing with a dog with a health issue and how it was affecting me?
I thought maybe I should just lay out the facts – what was happening with my dog Edie and what her symptoms were. But after reading it over, it sounded clinical and depressing. It was also a little “too real” for me, seeing the facts about my dog’s health laid out in print. Additionally, I didn’t want to misinform others by sharing my dog’s health issues and healthcare. Meaning, I am not a vet, or a pet health care professional and didn’t want to share information that could be misunderstood.
I Googled My Dog’s Health Symptoms
I did the one thing I tell others not to do, “I Googled my dog’s health symptoms.”
It’s only natural to want answers about my dog’s health issue and to find a solution.
Answers and solutions were what I wanted, what I needed.
I wanted to find out “what’s wrong with my dog.”
I needed to find a solution “how can I make my dog better?
I just wanted someone to tell me “everything is going to be fine and your dog will be alright.”
Don’t get me wrong, Edie was under the care of a veterinarian specialist the entire time. But I have this thirst for knowledge when it comes to my pets and their health. I want to know all I can, to understand what’s happening with my dog’s health. I have a tendency to ask a lot of questions! Maybe it’s my way of dealing or feeling some control over a situation that I really had no control over?
Reasons Not to Google Your Dog’s Health Symptoms!
There are so many reasons “Not to Google your Dog’s Health Symptoms.”
Googling our pet’s health symptoms will not only scare the hell out of you, it will add to your already high stress levels, your fragile emotions, and quite possibly, very possibly, give you incorrect pet health information.
I admitted to Edie’s veterinarian specialist that I Googled Edie’s symptoms. He understood my need for doing so, but his response was that the problem with Googling pet health symptoms, is the answers I would most likely find would be the worst of the worst, and in reality, only a small percentage of dogs would actually fit that worst case scenario.
My Dog’s Story Now Has An Ending
I can finally sit down and write about the challenges and upset I went through with my dog Edie’s health scare, because our “story” has an ending.
A GOOD ending!
After almost two months of veterinarian appointments, medications and veterinarian specialists, I have the answers I so craved.
I now know “what was wrong with my dog”. Now those constant thoughts of dread and worry running through my head have lessened. I say “lessened” because no matter what, I will always worry and be concerned about my pets and their health.
I now know “how to make my dog feel better”. Thankfully, Edie received medication that essentially eliminated her symptoms and did so quickly.
After Edie’s last examination, I finally got those words I so craved to hear “your dog shows no more symptoms!”
Of course, no one can see into the future and say for sure what will be. But considering where we started, what we went through, and where we are today, the improvement in Edie’s health is – in my words “amazing” and, I have my dog back! And when you leave the veterinarian specialists exam room and everyone is smiling – it’s a very, very good day!
Perhaps one day I will write about the actual symptoms my dog Edie experienced, what helped her, and what her diagnosis was. But for now, I’m just thankful for the good fortune I’ve had, and more so, that I can continue to share my life with this amazing, beautiful, healthy, wonderful dog.